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Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (edition 1975)

by Edgar Allan Poe

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Title:Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Authors:Edgar Allan Poe
Info:Vintage Books (1975), Edition: Paper edition, Paperback, 1026 pages
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The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

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An excellent compilation of all of Poe's works - short stories, novella, and poetry. His stunning prose and emphasis on creative, clear imagery has set him aside as a master to be remembered. Although the writing style is rather old-fashioned and high formal, it is mesmerizing how well he played with words to create masterpieces. His poetry remains my favorite of the pieces, he had a knack for conveying powerful imagery in little words.

His detective stories were not really my style, but his horror and gothic themed tales riveted me - I was delighted especially with the Masque of the Red Death, my personal favorite. His brilliance with suspense and tension is perfectly displayed in The Pit and the Pendulum, and madness and morbidity favorites were The Black Cat, The Premature Burial, and of course The Raven.

Who can ever forget the haunting Annabel Lee?

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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
I feel that Poe’s reputation precedes him very much. This anthology represents a very thorough representation of his works and development and as such gives a great overview of Poe as a writer. What I found to be shocking though is just how conservative he rather was in his conception of poetry and composition. Granted, he represented a much needed urbanity for American letters in his erudition. I’m not trying to say that his perspective was all that traditional; as exemplified in his criticisms of the English Lake Poets and exaltation of other writers such as Shelley. Nevertheless in so far as poetry comes he does not come to match the changes in poetic conception that were evolving as much as he is often portrayed.

That being said, I do give him much credit in influencing literary criticism in regards to the prevalent American take in his supervening much of the prejudices that still pervaded such as the nationalistic and almost “blue-stocking” reception of American poetry. His complete reworking of the poetic form in regards to scansion is quite frankly remarkable and ingenious, despite the fact that he still maintained the superiority of this type of evaluation. This conservatism thus greatly influences his ideal of the poetic principle. Overall though due credit is deserved. He seems to represent the last true American “critic” (which he certainly should be counted among them just as much as he belongs to the literati of the time). His influence thus should be cherished, for it is only a matter of a few decades that the complete overthrow of poetic values was to supervene. He is a turning point as such, much as Shelley and Byron were for the English, though their contribution to actual theory in no way matches that of Poe. His perspicuous insight into French composition in regards to form became the very thing that heralded the next round of American poets, such as Crane and Pound, who through their following suit of Poe’s criticism of the ideal of “national” poetry allowed for the emergence of the international influence of letters that has ever since become the staple and bastion of artistic expression and re-evaluation. All in all, despite the volumes magnitude, it is best to read it from beginning to end, rather than just as a way to excerpt particular favorites.
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  PhilSroka | Apr 12, 2016 |
Didn't enjoy the stories as much as I thought I would. Other than The Fall of the House of Usher and The Pit and the Pendulum. ( )
  MahanaU | Feb 26, 2016 |
One of the great masters of horror ( )
  WonderlandGrrl | Jan 29, 2016 |
Ah, the Ambassador of creepy, he will always rule. ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Poe, Edgar Allanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Neill, Edward H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perry, AlixForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quinn, Arthur HobsonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Tamerlane by Edgar Allan Poe

Evening Star [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

A Dream [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Happiest Day [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

Romance : [ AKA Preface, and Introduction ] by Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe

Israfel by Edgar Allan Poe

The City in the Sea [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Sleeper : [ AKA Irene ] by Edgar Allan Poe

Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe

The Valley of Unrest : [ AKA The Valley Nis ] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Coliseum [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

To One in Paradise : [AKA To Ianthe in Heaven] by Edgar Allan Poe

Hymn : [ AKA Catholic Htmn ] by Edgar Allan Poe

To F- : [AKA To Mary, and To One Departed] by Edgar Allan Poe

To - by Edgar Allan Poe

To F-S S.O-D : [AKA Lines Written in an Album] by Edgar Allan Poe

Bridal Ballad [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

To Zante : [AKA Sonnet - To Zante] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Haunted Palace [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Conqueror Worm [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

Dreamland [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Eulalie [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

A Valentine [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

To M. L. S- by Edgar Allan Poe

Ulalume: A Ballad by Edgar Allan Poe

An Enigma [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

For Annie [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

To My Mother by Edgar Allan Poe

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

Metzengerstein [short story] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Duc De L'Omelette [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

A Tale of Jerusalem [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

Loss Of Breath: A Tale Neither In Nor Out Of "Blackwood" (Loss Of Breath) by Edgar Allan Poe

Bon-Bon by Edgar Allan Poe

MS. Found in a Bottle (Short Story) by Edgar Allan Poe

The Assignation by Edgar Allan Poe

Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe

Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe

Lionnerie by Edgar Allan Poe

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Phaall by Edgar Allan Poe

King Pest [Short story] by Edgar Allan Poe

Shadow--A Parable (Shadow: A Parable) by Edgar Allan Poe

Four Beasts in One: The Homo-Cameleopard [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

Mystification by Edgar Allan Poe

Silence by Edgar Allan Poe

Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

How to Write a Blackwood Article by Edgar Allan Poe

A Predicament by Edgar Allan Poe

The Devil in Belfry by Edgar Allan Poe

The Man That Was Used Up [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

Conversation d'Eiros avec Charmion by Edgar Allan Poe

Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Business Man by Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

The Man of the Crowd (Poe Series) by Edgar Allan Poe

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

A Descent into the Maelstrom by Edgar Allan Poe

The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe

The Colloquy of Monos and Una by Edgar Allan Poe

Never Bet The Devil Your Head by Edgar Allan Poe

Three sundays in a Week [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Masque of The Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

The Mystery of Marie Roget [Short Story] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

The Gold Bug (Hesperus Classics) by Edgar Allan Poe

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

The Spectacles by Edgar Allan Poe

A Tale of the Ragged Mountains by Edgar Allan Poe

The Balloon Hoax by Edgar Allan Poe

The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe

Mesmeric Revelation [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Oblong Box by Edgar Allan Poe

The Angel of the Odd by Edgar Allan Poe

Thou Art the Man by Edgar Allan Poe

The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq. (Short Story) by Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade by Edgar Allan Poe

Some Words With A Mummy by Edgar Allan Poe

The Power of Words [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allan Poe

The Sphinx by Edgar Allan Poe

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

The Domain of Arnheim by Edgar Allan Poe

Mellonta tauta by Edgar Allan Poe

Hop-Frog by Edgar Allan Poe

Von Kempelen and His Discovery [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

X-ing a Paragrab by Edgar Allan Poe

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

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What song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, although puzzling questions are not beyond all conjecture.

--Sir Thomas Browne, "Urn-Burial."

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For my husband
Anthony John Ranson
with love from your wife, the publisher.
Eternally grateful for your unconditional love, nut just for me but for our children, 
Simon, Androw and Nicola Trayler
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The Murders In the Rue Morgue:

The mental features discoursed of as the analytical are, in themselves, but little susceptible of analysis.
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Do not combine "The Complete Tales and Poems" with "Complete Works" in any form (he wrote other things as well), nor with "Complete tales" in any form (since that won't include the poems).
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Edgar Poe was born the son of itinerant actors on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Abandoned by his father and the later death of his mother, he was taken into the foster care of John Allan, a Virginia tobacco farmer. Now styled as Edgar Allan Poe, he distinguished himself at the University of Virginia but was equally adept at collecting debts from his assiduous gambling. His stepfather's disapproval shattered their fragile relationship and Poe left home to seek his fortune.

IN 1830 he married his cousin Virginia but despite his prolific activities - journalism, poetry, lecturing, short stories, publishing, criticism, and experimentation with fictional genres, including the detective novel which he virtually invented with the publication of 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' (1841) - he received scant recognition for his efforts until the publication of 'The Raven' (1845). The poem's instant popularity gave him a new visibility in literary circles, but his personal situation remained desperate: poverty, illness, drink and the physical decline. IN 1849 he was found sick, injured and semi-conscious in a Baltimore tavern. Taken to hospital, he lingered on for four days, but he never recovered and on Oct 7th Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of 40.

He was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters - a genius who, thanks to his dire reputation, was tragically misunderstood during his lifetime. It was not until Baudelarie enthusiastically translated his work that he found a wider audience in Europe, and became not only an enormous influence on modern French literature, but also on the acclaimed work of writers such as Dostoevsky, Donan Doyle, and Jules Verne. This volume not only includes Poe's most well-known works but also over 50 of his poems.
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